Mini Meatloaf

This Mini Meatloaf recipe is full of flavor and cooks in a fraction of the time of a traditional meatloaf!

These are a great solution to “what’s for dinner” any day of the week and can be prepped well ahead of time!

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A Quick Weeknight meal

  • Mini meatloaves are quick to prepare and to cook.
  • These are made with lean beef but ground chicken or turkey works well too.
  • It’s easy to make extras and freeze for future dinners when you’re short on time.


MEAT Use lean ground beef (80/20). You want a little fat to keep them moist but not too much (so they’re not oily).

FLAVORS Some freshly diced bell peppers, onions, and garlic add flavor (and moisture).

BINDER Seasoned bread crumbs are blended together with some herbs and seasonings for these yummy little burger bombs.

ingredients to make Mini Meatloaf

ingredients to make Mini Meatloaf


  • Mini Meatloaf is easy to make with ground beef, chicken, or turkey.
  • These loaves can be stuffed with cheese or topped with faves like sliced greens or bacon bits.
  • For a keto version, replace the breadcrumbs with almond flour or crushed pork rinds (and use just sugar-free ketchup for the topping).
  • Our special combo of ketchup and chili sauce gives each mini meatloaf a little burst of flavor. But you can also spread some ketchup or bbq sauce before baking.

process of making a Mini Meatloaf

process of making a Mini Meatloaf

How to Cook Mini Meatloaf

Mini meatloaves cook up faster than a traditional full-sized meatloaf!

  1. Cook green pepper, onion, & garlic; cool.
  2. Combine all ingredients per the recipe below and form into mini meatloaves.
  3. Place on a parchment lined pan and bake.

If preferred, these can be made into meatloaf muffins by forming the mixture in a muffin tin.

Mini Meatloaf cooked on the baking sheet

Mini Meatloaf cooked on the baking sheet

What to Serve with Meatloaf

Everything and anything goes with meatloaf! We like to serve meatloaf with a hearty side dish like mashed potatoes or hasselback potatoes, and a veggie like glazed carrots or some roasted parmesan asparagus!


  • Store mini meatloaves in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze in zippered bags with the date labeled on them for about 6 months and pop out anytime you want to make mouthwatering meatloaf sandwiches or need a quick dinner.
  • Reheat in the microwave and refresh with salt & pepper.

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Mini Meatloaf

Mini meatloaves are moist & tender with a flavorful ketchup-chili sauce on top!

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  • Line a baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  • In a small skillet, cook green pepper, onion, & garlic until tender. Cool completely.

  • Combine bread crumbs, milk, ketchup, mustard, egg yolk, Italian seasoning, and salt in a small bowl. Mix well.

  • Add beef and the cooled onion mixture.

  • Gently combine and shape into four mini meatloaves, 3″ x 2″. Mix topping mixture and spread over meatloaves.

  • Bake 22-25 minutes or until the center of the loaf reaches 165°F.

  • Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Calories: 383, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 126mg, Sodium: 807mg, Potassium: 552mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 382IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Course Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course

Cuisine American

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